New CHamoru Literature

Paperback: $25.00
ISBN-13: 9780824897253
Published: August 2023

Additional Information

120 pages
  • About the Book
  • New CHamoru Literature highlights an intergenerational selection of eighteen emerging, mid-career, and established CHamoru authors, including an extended feature on master storyteller Peter R. Onedera. As Onedera explains in his essay, “The Dilemma of an Official Word,” Chamorro, Chamoru, CHamoru are different spellings of the same “description used in reference to Guam’s indigenous people and those in the Marianas archipelago for thousands of years.” Within the pages of this rich collection, you will find diverse genres, including poetry, chant, fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting. The pieces are composed predominantly in English; however, the opening chant is in the CHamoru language (with translation by the author), other pieces are multilingual, and one poem is composed in CHamoru creole English. The themes range from genealogy to identity, colonialism to cultural revitalization, ecological connection to environmental injustice, love to sexual abuse, and belonging to diaspora. This anthology will introduce readers to the Mariana archipelago and the vibrancy of CHamoru literature, culture, histories, migrations, politics, memories, traumas, and dreams.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Craig Santos Perez, Editor

      Craig Santos Perez, 2023 winner of the National Book Award for poetry, is a Chamoru author and editor from Guam. He was most recently professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.


    • Jay Baza Pascua
    • Jacob Camacho
    • Teresita Lourdes Perez
    • Yasmine Romero
    • Evelyn Flores
    • Humlåo Evans
    • Mary Therese Perez Hattori
    • Rob Arnold
    • Esther Sablan
    • Ha’åni Lucia Falo San Nicolas
    • Randizia Crisostomo
    • Johanna Salinas
    • Francisco Delgado
    • Dominique Natasha Hinestrosa
    • Zachary FR Anderson
    • PC Muñoz
    • Chris Perez Howard
    • Peter R. Onedera